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1 1 Challenges and Opportunities of the Mexican Space Agency Javier Mendieta, Mexican Space Agency San Jose, California, June 17, 2013 IPPW 10 San Jose State University

2 Overview Space activities in Mexico today The Mexican Space Agency Where should Mexico be in 2030? Current challenges Opportunities A plan to turn Mexico into a significant space actor in 2030 Conclusions

3 Experimental Space Activities in Mexico 1980s: “Morelos” Satellites System, contracted with Hughes & NASA. Development of space experiments for the NASA space shuttle container program, in collaboration with USA universities 1970s: National Comission of Outer Space. Sounding rockets

4 Mexican space experiments

5 Experimental Space Activities in Mexico 2000s: SATMEX Satellites System, contracted with Hughes, Boeing, Loral & ESA. Diverse small satellite projects: SATEDU, CONDOR, SENSAT. 1990s: “Solidaridad” Satellites System, contracted with ESA & Hughes. Development of the SATEX- 1 microsatellite. Development of the UNAMSAT microsatellites.


7 Companies: 260 States: 16 Employees: 31,000+ NORTHEAST Coahuila (7) Nuevo León (29) Tamaulipas (11) SOUTHEAST REGION: Yucatán (3) Guerrero (1) CENTRAL REGION: Distrito Federal (8) Edo. de México (7) Querétaro (35) San Luis Potosí (6) Puebla (3) WEST REGION: Aguascalientes (2) Jalisco ( 6 ) Zacatecas (1) NORTHWEST REGION: Baja California (55) Sonora (43) Chihuahua (37) Source: Dirección General de Industrias Pesadas y de Alta Tecnología, SCT, ProMéxico y FEMIA Aerospace Industry in Mexico

8 Mexican aerospace sector 8

9 9 MexSat Satellite System

10 Process for the creation of AEM 2nd Stage ¤ Approval of the Law that creates the Mexican Space Agency 30 July 2010 ¤ Board of Goverment first meeting ¤ Start of operations 1 November 2011 7 September 2010 16 November 2010 11 April 2011 ¤ National consultation forums 13 July 2011 ¤ National Space Policy Publication

11 11/14/2011Dirección11

12 Vision and Mision VisionMision That AEM will be an enabler to allow that Mexico could be a recognized nation in the development and use of space science and technology to improve the quality of life of all Mexicans. Transform Mexico into a country with scientific activities and world class space technology developments, focused on social needs and articulated to leading edge industrialization programs, contributing to the country’s competitivity.

13 13 Vision 2030 Mexico makes significant contributions to space S&T PlanningAndFunding Industrial development and competitiveness InternationalAffairsandSecurity Science and technology development development Human capital development Human capital development in the space field in the space field

14 Organization Director General Human Capital Science and Technology Industrial and Commercial International and Security Finance and Information Technology Board

15 First Year Activities Development of the operative structure Collaboration Links Space Industry Roadmap National Inventory of Space Capacities Space Outreach Activities

16 Collaboration Agreements and MoU’s International Signed Germany DLR State Space Agency of Ukraine. Italian Space Agency NASA In process Israel ROSCOSMOS Space Agency of Azerbaijan Mexican State Governments Signed Jalisco Querétaro Hidalgo Yucatán Puebla In process Baja California Colima Baja California Sur Zacatecas Quintana Roo Institutions Signed IPN Telecomm CICESE UABC SENER GMV Colima In process UNAM INAOE Academies of Engineering, Medicine and Sciences NEC

17 Mexico´s space vision (2030) Turn Mexico into a significant international space player –Significant space infrastructure built mostly with indigenous capabilities –Space awareness of population –Adequate human capital –Significant space industry, focused on niches –Contribution to space exploration and research

18 Challenges Increase public funding Increase participation of Mexican industry in R&D operations Foster interaction between academic researchers and industry Tackle global challenges (climate, security, connectivity…)

19 Opportunities Growing need for space applications Growing aerospace industry Population bonus Scientific base New federal administration Geopolitical location Free trade agreements Growing interest in space tourism


21 21 Linking vision and strategy Goals Strategy Mexico has adequate space infrastructure Develop joint programs between government and industry to generate space infrastructure Mexico has a globally competitive space industry Develop private space science and technology industry sector through PPPs Mexico has a robust space science and technology base Human capital development through alliances with universities, industry, state governments and international partners Mexican people have awareness and appreciation for science Advocate the importance of space science and technology and its benefits among the population Mexico as a space global player which contributes to space exploration and research Establish partnerships with space advanced countries Participation in international projects

22 Mexico´s road map of the space industry World class center for validation and certification for the space industry. Milestone E1: PPP world class company covering a space niche. Milestone E2: LEO multifunctional satellite bus with 50% of Mexican integration Milestone E3: PPP world class institute for research in advanced and composite materials Milestone E4: 1% of participation in the world space industry Milestone E5:

23 Framework a) National Development Plan b) National Infrastructure Plan Nationwide project: A Satellite Early Warning System for natural disaster prevention, mitigation and management. Building capacities for communications satellites and for scientific platforms.

24 11/14/2011Dirección24 Ongoing projects for capacity building 1. Stratospheric Balloons Technology demostrator, human capital development 2. CanSats Technology demonstrator, human capital development 3. Cubesats (SENSAT/SATEDU)Technology demostrator, capacity building 4. CONDOR ProjectSeismic sensor, multiespectral camera 5. Project QuetzalAtmospheric observation 6. SATEX 2 Project Imaging national needs Capacity building, multimission platform Less than a 1m resolution

25 11/14/2011Dirección25 7. EO Satellite Early warning system for fire detection and thermal mapping 8. GEO sat for comunicationsSystem Validation and use of Ka band 9. Early Warning SystemEO + GEO + Ground Infrastructure 10. SARTechnological options analysis

26 Mexican Space development: Timeline

27 Additional Actions CONACYT-AEM Trust Fund dedicated to funding space projects. Regional development supported by States International collaboration

28 Conclusions Human capital development the key for success Strong program for capacity building Early warning and disaster management a key priority. Space infrastructure: a change of vision Gradual involvement of Mexico in international space exploration projects

29 Thank you!

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